Singapore University of Social Sciences

Government and Politics in China

Government and Politics in China (POL211)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Humanities and Social Sciences

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


POL211 Government and Politics in China reviews the political and economic development of China from 1949 to the present from the dual perspective of the state and the society. We shall look at how power is structured in the party-state, and how the political and economic system has evolved under various leaders before delving into central-local relations and policy implementation at the subnational levels. Governance challenges in the minority regions of Tibet and Xinjiang are also discussed. Moving from state to society, we shall then survey the forms of political participation and contention through which the Chinese people seek to influence government policy. The course concludes with a reflection on the Chinese political model in view of China’s domestic challenges and its global ascendance.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Studying Chinese Politics
  • Power and Struggles in the Mao Era
  • Reform, Crisis and Leadership Succession
  • From Communism to Nationalism
  • Political Economy from the Reform Era
  • China’s Party-State Structure and Policymaking
  • Institutional Innovations and ‘Intra-Party Democracy’
  • Central-Local Relations: Fragmented Authoritarianism
  • Challenges to Chinese Rule in Tibet and Xinjiang
  • Political Participation: Voting and Contacting the State
  • Contentious Politics: Protests and Cyberactivism
  • The China Model?

Learning Outcome

  • Apply concepts in political science to Chinese politics
  • Explain Chinese political phenomena using political science theories
  • Identify the main actors and institutions in shaping Chinese politics
  • Discuss how public policies are formulated and implemented in China
  • Analyse current news events on China and interpret the events appropriately
  • Comment on China’s challenges and prospects
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